Whittaker To Have Surgery On Broken Hand
Robert Whittaker would win on Saturday night at UFC 225, but would have to fight nearly all five rounds with a broken hand.
Whittaker would tell UFC analyst Joe Rogan, following his unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero in Chicago, that he wasn’t able to feel anything from his right hand down to his elbow, after breaking it early in the first round.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Whittaker confirmed that he’s going to have surgery on the hand when he returns home to Australia.
“As soon as I get home, I’m going to have surgery to get a pin in the thumb,” Whittaker said.
Luckily, Whittaker would suffer a clean break of his hand, which can improve recovery time for the champion who sat out nearly a year due to a broken leg, staph infection, and the chicken pox.
“It’s a clean break, as good as a break can get. It should be pretty good,” Whittaker said. “I’m going to get surgery, going to get my rehab, and get strong. I really want to be fighting before the New Year.”
While he knows he broke it in the first round of his fight against the Cuban challenger, he just doesn’t know when.
“I don’t remember when I broke it,” Whittaker said.
“But I do remember not being able to feel my hand from my fingertips to my forearm I knew something was up, because I never felt it like that before, I’ve broken hands before in fights, but I’ve never had it go that numb, completely unable to close it.”
Original Report: MMA Fighting